Three years ago Andrew and I were invited to his colleagues wedding. We were newly engaged and on cloud nine. I was so excited to attend the wedding and show off my engagement ring. It was also a chance to wear the blue lace Zara dress I had snapped up in the summer sales just three months before. Just before the wedding I was spending a day with mum and I decided to try on the dress to see what she thought of it. To my horror the dress that had fit so perfectly that summer no longer went over my arms and in some parts my body was actually pressing out of the lace!
That night I went for my first run in about two years with my Mum which led to me to taking part and finishing the Rome marathon just four months later along with my super hero mum and friend Izzy.
I’m not saying that fitting into the dress was the most important thing in the world, what was important was seeing how just a few weeks of stuffing myself with beer, chips and fizzy drinks had affected my body and ultimately my health.
Not fitting into that dress resulted in me and mum training for and running a marathon together – one the most rewarding experiences of my life and has led me toward my current path of good physical and mental health.
I have since worn the dress on various occasions and felt amazing. It really did change my life (sort of).